FAQ for international students and families

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When am I expected to arrive on campus? 

Sunday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 5: New international students who are subject to quarantine and are attending 4MILE@bryant move in starting August 2 and begin self-quarantine on campus.

August 9: Returning students who are subject to quarantine according to the RI Department of Health start moving in.  If needed, returning students can arrive as early as August 5. As of June 10, the State of RI requires a 14-day quarantine for:

  • Students who arrive from a location outside of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia
  • Students entering Rhode Island from an area still under stay-at-home order or another similar type of restriction.

August 19: New students who are not subject to quarantine move in.

August 23: Returning students who fall into one of these following categories move in. I

  • Students who are not subject to quarantine, and students who have completed 14-day self-isolation (specific guidelines below).

What is campus quarantine going to look like?

Students will be assigned a temporary quarantine room for 14 days prior to moving to their fall housing assignment. The specific details regarding food delivery, and health and safety measures will be announced once Bryant’s reopening plan has been reviewed and approved by the RI Department of Health.  

I am subject to 14-day quarantine.  Can I self-isolate myself at my family/relative’s/friend’s place off-campus before moving in?

Prior to returning to campus, students may complete the 14-day quarantine period at the home of a family member in any state that does not have a stay-at-home order in place.

Will I be able to get an F-1 visa and enter the U.S.?

As you are aware there are currently many travel restrictions in place limiting travel to the U.S. Although visa appointments are not immediately available in many areas around the world, students can complete their visa application and make a future appointment.  You may be able to obtain a visa through expedited processing with an updated I-20 with new program start date. This option is usually available for new or continuing students if there are no regular appointments available and you need to travel to the U.S. within 60 days.

As the travel situation improves, we hope that more appointments will open and that travel restrictions will be lifted in time for students to arrive in the fall. Please continue to check with your local embassy/consulate (https://www.usembassy.gov) for updates.

I’m a new international student. What if I cannot arrive in time for the start of my program?

We understand that these are challenging circumstances, and there is not a deadline for incoming first-year students to arrive on campus. Any student who arrives late will be subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines, and will be able to self-quarantine in the campus residential area designated for this purpose.

I’m a returning international student. What is the latest date I can arrive to resume my study if I am delayed by visa issues and/or continued travel restrictions?

We understand that these are challenging circumstances. Returning international students can return to campus until midterm. If students cannot return, students will need to take classes online for the entire semester in order to receive grades and credits. If late-arriving students are subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines, because of limited quarantine space on campus during the semester, quarantine arrangements will be made case by case. Students may need to be quarantined in the same building with other students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may need to make arrangements to quarantine off campus in a state that is not on the quarantine state list of Rhode Island.

Can I take classes online from abroad?

Yes.  All class sessions will be available online via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture.

Will I need a new visa to take classes online from abroad or if I decide to take a semester off?

You do not need a student visa if you are studying remotely or not studying at all; however, you will need a valid F-1 visa when you return to the U.S.  Students who decide to take a semester off by not taking courses should be aware how a leave of absence may impact the student’s eligibility for a practical training. Contact OISS if you have questions about your F-1 visa.

As an international student, how will the remote status impact my visa status?

The interim guidance from the Department of Homeland Security allowed students to study online virtually from their home country for the last semester. It is not clear yet if this policy will be extended for the fall semester. If new guidance does not allow for virtual study on your current I-20, you may have to return on new “initial” I-20 under different SEVIS number. This will impact students who are wishing to apply for a practical training within a year because students returning on new initial I-20 must enroll one academic year (fall and spring semesters) before the student becomes eligible to apply for work authorization.  Any update concerning the remote status for international students will be announced as soon as the final guidance from the DHS is available.

Can I stay on campus through winter sessions once in-person classes end in November?

International students will be able to stay on campus through the winter sessions.

Will the tuition be the same if I take online classes from abroad?

Yes. Bryant faculty and staff have worked very hard to ensure the safe continuance of our in-person classroom experience. Access to online classes is offered not as an option, but only as a short-term accommodation for students who are ill or who cannot travel to campus due to the pandemic.

Does the health insurance offered by Bryant University cover the coronavirus?

This information is evolving as we navigate this unprecedented situation. The most up-to-date information can be found at www.wellfleetstudent.com.  For specific information for COVID-19, you can follow these steps:

  • Enter “Bryant” in the “Search For Your School” box and select “Bryant University.”  
  • Scroll down to “Forms and Resources” and click the arrow.
  • Find “coronavirus update” at the bottom.

Contact Information:

Kaoru Paganelli, Assistant Director, OISS, kpaganel@bryant.edu